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Kingston Pleased With Campaign Progress
Wednesday, 07 August 2013

August 7--  U.S. Congressman Jack Kingston is running his first statewide race as he seeks to succeed Senator Saxby Chambliss in the 2014 elections.

ImageKingston has been representing southeast Georgia counties for the past 20 years and knows he's got to raise money to reach voters in North Georgia if he's going to win in the Republican primary.

Two of his opponents are sitting Congressmen, Paul Broun, Jr. of Athens and Phil Gingrey of Marietta, yet Kingston says his work in their districts is paying off.

"We have been warmly received and won some straw polls up there.  We've gone head to head with the incumbents on their home turft and we feel good about it," he observes.

Kingston spoke to Vidalia Kiwanians Tuesday and let them know where he stands on NSA eavesdropping on U.S. citizens.

"I am against the National Security Administration monitoring your phone calls.  If you're suspected of being a terrorist, that's a different matter.  Go to a judge and get a court order for eavesdropping.  In the meantime, don't collect the phone calls I'm making to my family planning my vacation.  That was not the intention of the Patriot Act," he said.

Congressman Kingston also says the recent failure to pass a farm bill is indicative of the inability to get anything done in Washington these days.  He says taxpayers will continue to pay the price for that failure.

"This is a case of letting perfect be the enemy of good.  We had a farm bill that maybe wasn't as good as I would have wanted, but it was one that reformed food stamps.  It required able-bodied recipients to work.  It said if you're on food stamps, you can't have drugs.  It cut food stamp spending by $20 billion.

"Some people believed it didn't go far enough, but to some it went too far.  So we were unable to get it passed and that just shows you what division we have in Washington, D.C.

"That was our best hope of reform.  I'm afraid now that food stamps will continue to skyrocket because we were unable to get the votes for the reform bill," he said.


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